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Unigroup's January 2015 Meeting Announcements



UNIGROUP GENERAL MEETING

Topic:
FreeBSD Kernel Debugging (using the Bhyve Hypervisor)

Speaker:
John Baldwin, Kernel Developer,
The FreeBSD Project

Date:
Thursday, 15-JAN-2015      (** 3rd Thursday **)

Location:
The Cooper Union
School of Engineering   (*** NEW BUILDING ***)
41 Cooper Square    (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
East Village, Manhattan
New York City, 10003
Meeting Room: 104_CS   (*** 1st Floor ***)
** Please RSVP **

Time:
6:15 - 6:30 PM Registration
6:30 - 6:45 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation

Cost:
Please see the Fee Schedule below.


MEETING INTRODUCTION

Unigroup wishes you a Happy New Year 2015!

Our speaker for January 2015 is John Baldwin from the FreeBSD Project. John gave a presentation at NYCBUG in May 2014, where he spoke about debugging multiple FreeBSD Kernels simultaneously on his laptop, using the Bhyve Hypervisor. While the focus of that prior talk was Bhyve, we hope to focus our Unigroup talk on the Kernel Debugging Process, including how to test your new Kernel fix, feature, and/or driver.

Unigroup Elections: Unigroup holds Board of Director Elections every January. If you are a Unigroup Member and would like to run for the Unigroup Board, please contact us on or before our January meeting. Board members are expected to regularly attend Unigroup General and Board Meetings, and basically help the rest of the board run Unigroup. If you would like to help out Unigroup, but not join the board officially, please let us know. Unigroup needs your help! Unigroup is a not-for-profit volunteer organization, and has been serving the Greater NYC Metro Unix Users Community for over 30 years!

Note: We are working to reschedule our planned talk on The Open Compute Hardware Platform (Penguin Computer).


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DIRECTIONS

   Location:
      The Cooper Union  (http://www.cooper.edu)
      School of Engineering  (*** New Building ***)
      41 Cooper Square (3rd Avenue @ 7th Street, between 6th & 7th Streets)
      East Village, Manhattan
      New York City, 10003
      Meeting Room: ** (See Above, Room May Change Month-to-Month)

   Located on the East side of Cooper Square.  Look for the
   new building with the non-traditional appearance.
   Entrance is at the corner of 3rd Avenue and 7th Street.

   Building lobby sign-in is required at the guard's desk.
   Enter the building, check in with the guard at the lobby for
     directions to the Unigroup Meeting Room.

   Nearest mass transit stations are:
     '6'           to Astor Place (stops right at The Cooper Union),
                   then walk 1 block East and 1 block South.
     'R'           to 8th Street, then walk about 2 blocks East
                   then 1 block South.
     '4/5/N/Q'     to Union Square, then walk South and East.
                   or transfer to the downtown '6' to Astor Place.
     'B/D/F/V'     to Broadway-Lafayette, then walk North and East.
                   or transfer to the uptown '6' to Astor Place.

   Free street parking in the area becomes available at 6pm.

   There are parking lots on Broadway, at (or just South of) 8th
   Street, across from the West side of Cooper Square, as well
   as various others in the area.


PRESENTATION OUTLINE

Topic: FreeBSD Kernel Debugging (using the Bhyve Hypervisor)

Introduction & Description of Talk:

Kernel Debugging and Virtual Machines:

An important component of the software running on most systems is the operating system kernel. Examining the state of a kernel is a key task when adding new features or investigating bugs in the kernel. FreeBSD provides several tools that can be used to debug FreeBSD kernels. We will walk through an overview of several of these tools.

Virtual machine hypervisors allow for a richer kernel development environment within a single host. We will cover some of these benefits and walk through a short demo.

Presentation Outline:

References & Web Resources:

     The FreeBSD Project:
       http://www.freebsd.org

     The BHyve Hypervisor:
       http://www.bhyve.org

     The FreeBSD Test Suite:
       http://wiki.freebsd.org/TestSuite


SPEAKER BIOGRAPHY

To-be-announced.


COMPANY BIOGRAPHY

To-be-announced.


GIVEAWAYS

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR/Pearson, and O'Reilly have been kind enough to provide us with review copies of some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. The publishers always ask that the persons receiving the books provide a review and/or feedback about their books.

Unigroup would like to thank both publishing companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

As always, all of the books will be available for review at the start of the meeting.


FEE SCHEDULE

Unigroup is a Professional Technical Organization and User Group, and its members pay a yearly membership fee. For Unigroup members, there is usually no additional charges (ie. no meeting fees) during their membership year. Non-members who wish to attend Unigroup meetings are usually required to pay a "Single Meeting Fee".

         Yearly Membership (includes all meetings):      $ 50.00
         Student Yearly Membership (with current! ID):   $ 25.00
         Non-Member Single Meeting:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with! ID):   $  5.00

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FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served. This includes "wraps" such as turkey, roast beef, chicken, tuna and grilled vegetables as well as assorted salads (potato, tossed, pasta, etc), cookies, brownies, bottled water and assorted beverages.

Our thanks go to BittWare for sponsoring the food service for this meeting!


Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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